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Don Ciaccio

Reopen a school that we've done fine without fit five years - absolutely not! Are you kidding me?

Lars Faltskog

It does seem kind of odd, especially since Weis down the road got "consolidated" and such? Perhaps Burnet can become an alternative or special needs campus of some kind?


There will be a time when it is needed since the population is moving back up. Far better to spend the little money on it now than to just toss it away and have to completely build something new later on.

Walter Manuel

Perhaps GISD is being proactive with regards to needing to be prepared for the need to accept more elementary students in the future from surrounding school districts who have track records of being academically unacceptable year after year?

I would think that if you want a child to succeed in school as a parent and a community as a whole, then you must give them strong leadership along with qualified teachers from the day that they start school and each day there after.

Unfortunately, some surrounding school districts aren't prepared to meet these challenges so you'll be seeing other districts needing to expand in order to accomodate transferring students.

More and more parents are learning that they can move their child to another district without the residency requirements if their own school district has been academically unacceptable for 3 years in a row, so this will obviously require long-term planning on other school districts part.

Good job GISD for planning for your future success![wink]

Lars Faltskog

Response to TikiOwl posted at 8:07 am on Thu, Jan 23, 2014:

Agreed. And, down the road the building can more easily be repurposed (from "special" campus to regular, etc) if need be. It's best to have a facility available (and routinely maintanied) than to not have one at all.

GISD Communications

MissionaryMan is pretty much on point. Our elementary schools are practically full, the lone exception being ECU at the old Weis campus and we are gaining students every year.

Our biggest student enrollment numbers are in the Pre-K levels, indicating a trend of younger students coming to the district, which was one of many reasons the trustees had for re-opening the school.

That and it's prime, central-Island location, it makes sense for the district to have a campus there. Currently, there are three elementary schools within a few square miles of each other (Oppe, Parker, ECU) west of 61st Street. We have many people mid-Island that don't have close access to an elementary school. Many parents like the idea of being able to walk their children to school instead of driving them or putting them on a bus.

We got these renovations for a song compared to what disaster funds paid for. The unanimous vote showed that this was a priority for trustees and everyone is excited to see our last remaining signs of Ike damage taken care of for good.
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